Unifor truckers in Ontario, Quebec bargain as a team

New contract includes pay increases, scheduling improvements
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 02/04/2015

Truckers across Ontario and Quebec ratified a three-year collective agreement after bargaining as a team.

The employees – members of four Unifor locals across the two provinces – signed a new contract that includes pay increases as well as improvements to scheduling.

“This deal shows what is possible when we work together,” said Francis Paquette, a unit chair with Unifor’s Local 1044 in Quebec City and a member of the union’s bargaining team. “Sitting at the table with our Ontario locals made all the difference.”

The agreement was ratified on Jan. 31 by 220 members of Unifor’s locals 1090 and 27 in Ajax and London, Ont., as well as its locals 698 and 1044 in Montreal and Quebec City, Que.

Other members of the four locals – including mechanics, clerical staff and yard workers – also saw wage increases ranging from $3,500 to $10,000 in base hourly wages.

Allowances for tools, winter clothes and additional safety equipment were also improved in the new deal.

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